complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2a : an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b : a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion
4 : overall aspect or character by changing the complexion of the legislative branch— Trevor Armbrister

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Other Words from complexion

complexional \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shnəl How to pronounce complexional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shənd How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for complexion

Synonyms

color, coloring

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Examples of complexion in a Sentence

She has a dark complexion. All of the children had healthy complexions. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.
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Taking her pregnancy glow to new heights, Markle emerged from The Mark Hotel with a flushed complexion and lightly curled lengths set in place with a spritz of medium hold hair spray. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Lets Her Hair Down for Her New York Baby Shower," 19 Feb. 2019 Just because your skin doesn't get as noticeably red as someone with a lighter complexion doesn't mean that harmful rays aren't penetrating your skin and doing some serious damage. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 All the new Fenty Beauty complexion products will be available on January 11 on Sephora.com. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Is Launching 50 New Fenty Beauty Concealers," 2 Jan. 2019 Caniya is described as being five feet tall, weighing 135 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a medium-brown complexion. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Caniya Johnson Is the Latest Black Girl to Go Missing in Chicago," 27 Aug. 2018 Chilling in a salt room may also improve your complexion and overall skin. Sunny Montefiore, Bon Appetit, "Visiting a Salt Cave Eased My Anxiety, Boosted My Energy, and Generally Made Life Better," 26 Feb. 2018 In a matter of hours, the complexion of Tuesday’s game changed even further. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 The suspect was described by authorities as an African-American male, between 5 feet-7 inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall with a medium to stocky build, brown eyes, black hair, and a medium to dark complexion. Paul Wagner, Fox News, "Cops hunt 'hotel rapist' linked to six sex assaults in DC area," 19 June 2018 Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male with a medium to light complexion, approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches in height with a thin build, and wavy brown hair. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Market Basket supermarket in Methuen robbed by masked man who claimed to have a gun," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of complexion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

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complexion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face
: the general appearance or character of something

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Kids Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Medical Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion

Other Words from complexion

complexioned \ -​shənd How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

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